CAASPP Update, Issue 119California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update sent out on September 16, 2015.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a regular e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators, that focuses primarily on the Smarter Balanced assessments, which are a major component of the CAASPP system. CAASPP also includes the California Alternate Assessments and science assessments. Please forward this e-mail to any educators in your local educational agency (LEA) who would be interested in or benefit from this information.
In this issue:
- Final Reminder: Application Deadline for the 2015–16 CAASPP Institutes
- Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Downtime
- Digital Library Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series
Final Reminder: Application Deadline for the 2015–16 CAASPP Institutes
The application window for the CAASPP Institutes closes Friday, September 18. The CAASPP Institutes will offer participants strategies for using the CAASPP system to improve teaching and learning, opportunities for cross-LEA sharing and collaboration, and guided team planning time.
Each CAASPP Institute will consist of two live sessions, with Session 1 taking place in October or November, and Session 2 taking place in February or March. Fourteen regional Institutes will be conducted for school district and school teams, and two Train the Trainer Institutes will be conducted for county office of education teams. For details, including directions for applying to attend, visit the CDE CAASPP System web page.
Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Downtime
TOMS will be offline October 1–14. During this downtime, LEAs will not be able to access the following features:
- Interim Assessment Test Delivery System
- Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System
- Summative assessment downloadable student data files, student score report PDFs, and aggregate report files
- Online Reporting System, including viewing score reports and completion status
- Update users (i.e., add/delete) in TOMS
TOMS is scheduled to be back online Thursday, October 15, offering new system enhancements that will make the 2015–16 version of TOMS easier to use.
Digital Library Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series
This month, Smarter Balanced begins two series of Digital Library spotlight webinars and forums: “Illustrative Mathematics” and “Supporting Students with Disabilities.” Each series, which will take place over approximately three months, will highlight three Digital Library resources.
For each highlighted resource, a webinar will be facilitated by the resource author, who will provide an overview of the resource materials and highlight formative assessment strategies that can be used to support teaching and learning. The forum that follows each webinar will provide viewers with the opportunity to share their experiences. Further details about these series are available on the CDE Spotlight webinars and Forums web page.
To join the CDE CAASPP email list, send a blank message to email@example.com. Additional information about the CAASPP system and Smarter Balanced activities is available on the CDE CAASPP System web page. Questions about the CAASPP system assessments should be directed by phone to 800-955-2954, or by email to CalTAC@ets.org. Questions about the Digital Library should be directed to the Digital Library Help Desk by phone at 855-631-1510 or by email at CalTAC@ets.org.